Volunteering

Volunteer with us

Volunteering is a great way to help nature and wildlife, learn new skills, meet like-minded people and have some fun!

Please see our current volunteering opportunities below.

 

 

Spring Watch volunteers

We are seeking volunteers to join us in the countryside during our Spring Watch monitoring operations.

We are currently organising our annual Spring Watch operations, and are on the lookout for volunteers who wish to help us with our ongoing battle against spring hunting.

The spring hunting season is controversial as birds are killed during their journey to their breeding grounds in northern Europe, thus depriving them of the chance to boost population numbers.

Whilst only the Common Quail is legal to shoot, many other protected species fall victim to illegal killing. One of the most highly sought after species, the vulnerable Turtle Dove, was legal to shoot in the spring up until 2016 when a moratorium was put in place, in a bid to increase populations again. Malta serves as a critical resting place for migratory birds, and our aim is to ensure that as many birds as possible get to continue their migrations safely. Spring Watch involves long days in the field, trying to gather evidence of any illegalities which can then be passed onto the authorities for further investigation. Good bird ID skills are useful but not essential.

Volunteers can expect:

+ Long days in the field (early morning starts, potentially late night finishes)

+ Night watches may be organised depending on whether any rare birds/large raptor roosts form

+ Volunteers may need to liaise with the police regarding evidence they’ve collected

+ A willingness to drive is also beneficial

Please note that spaces are limited in the accommodation we will use, so contact us before booking anything. All costs are covered by volunteers as well – please check with us beforehand regarding costs, as we will be able to advise you on the accommodation and food prices. To register your interest and for any queries, please email us at alice.tribe@birdlifemalta.org.

Events volunteers

We are seeking volunteers to help us at public events such as fairs, guided walks and nature reserve open days.

Our events are varied, and the role would be too – you might be playing games or doing crafts with children at an event on our nature reserves, helping on a stall at a fair or assisting a group on a guided walk.

You must be happy talking to the public and sharing your love of nature. Other tasks might involve selling merchandise and handling money, and setting up/taking down displays.

This is a flexible role, and you can choose which events you want to support if the dates suit you.

If you are interested, please fill in this form and let us know by email on events@birdlifemalta.org. Please note that this applies for Malta and Gozo residents only and volunteers are needed to help out on particular days or events only.